A solar flare erupts from the sun in October 2014. (Credit: NASA/SDO)

A 1972 solar storm triggered a Vietnam War mystery

Nov. 12, 2018

On Aug. 4, 1972, U.S. military pilots flying south of Haiphong harbor in North Vietnam saw something unexpected: more than two dozen sea mines suddenly—and without apparent explanation—exploding in the water. Now, CU Boulder engineering professor Delores Knipp and her colleagues have dug into this four-decades-old naval mystery. In a...

Kristine Larson

Larson honored with 2018 Distinguished Research Lectureship

Sept. 12, 2018

Kristine M. Larson of the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and William M. Lewis Jr. of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department have been selected to receive the 2018 Distinguished Research Lectureship. The Lectureship is among the most esteemed honors bestowed by the faculty upon a...

Campus aerial photo.

Welcome to our new Smead Aerospace Faculty

Sept. 11, 2018

Who are our new faculty? They are researchers, educators, and business leaders. Bring the department new research opportunities and partnerships. Have diverse backgrounds and come to Boulder from near and far. Are proud additions to the Smead Aerospace and CU Buffs family.

Mark Sirangelo

Aerospace leader Sirangelo to join CU Boulder Engineering

Aug. 7, 2018

Mark Sirangelo, who just concluded his career as the head of aerospace giant Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems, is joining the University of Colorado Boulder as an entrepreneur-in-residence beginning this month. Bobby Braun, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, announced today that Sirangelo will join CU Boulder...

Xinzhao Chu in Antarctica.

New Clues to Origins of Mysterious Atmospheric Waves in Antarctica

July 25, 2018

CU Boulder team led by Xinzhao Chu finds link between gravity waves in the upper and lower Antarctic atmosphere, helping create a clearer picture of global air circulation. Two years after a CIRES and CU Boulder team discovered a previously unknown class of waves rippling continuously through the upper Antarctic...

A group of officials standing with the final beam.

Aerospace building construction celebrates topping out

June 15, 2018

Construction of the new University of Colorado Boulder aerospace engineering building is hitting a major milestone with the installation of the final steel beam. A formal topping-out ceremony was held Wednesday at the building site on campus. The ceremony follows the Viking tradition of signing the final beam of a...

A probe going through the atmosphere attached to a parachute.

15th International Planetary Probe Workshop - June 11-15

June 13, 2018

The University of Colorado Boulder is proud to host the 15 th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-2018) June 11-15, 2018. Short Course June 9-10, 2018 Small Satellites: An Emerging Paradigm for Bold Planetary Exploration

A rendering of a space probe approaching an asteroid.

The Wild Lives of Asteroids

March 13, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018 • 1–3 p.m. Daniel Scheeres, Distinguished Professor, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Asteroids frequently pass close to or impact the Earth, very occasionally with devastating consequences for life. The last few decades of space exploration and scientific research have turned our understanding of asteroids completely inside out,...

Aerospace Building construction site.

New aerospace building construction under way -- watch our live webcam for progress updates!

March 12, 2018

A new building is taking shape on the University of Colorado Boulder’s East Campus, and it’s getting an extra boost thanks to expanding student enrollment. Construction of a 144,000-square-foot dedicated facility for the Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department has been underway since October, with grading and foundation...

HP Schaub at the SciTech forum

Double honors for CU Aerospace's Professor Schaub

Feb. 9, 2018

Hanspeter Schaub receiving the J. Leland Atwood Award. University of Colorado Boulder Smead Aerospace Professor Hanspeter Schaub has received not one, but two awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Schaub accepted the J. Leland Atwood Award and the Mechanics and Control of Flight Award during the...

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